RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 30, 2017

TODAY: Putin has ‘frank’ discussion with new French President; Macron lambasts Russian media ‘falsehoods’; Kremlin promises muscular response to expulsion of diplomats from Moldova; Usmanov’s battle with Navalny takes on new direction; anti-corruption rallies planned for June; Kremlin sends anti-protest message through pop; Yandex offices in Ukraine subject to raid.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – May 1, 2017

TODAY: Open Russia’s protest campaign leads hundred onto streets on Saturday, many arrested; Alexei Navalny suffering and under scrutiny after zelyonka attack; opposition activist jailed after calling for Putin to step down; Yabloko member attacked with chemicals; Foreign Ministry says US deployment of anti-missile system is a treaty violation; Montenegro angers Kremlin with NATO plans; for Vkontakte, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 28, 2017

TODAY: Kremlin deters protestors gearing up for Saturday’s rallies; offices of Open Russia raided; Navalny inked again; Russian citizens lack faith in Kremlin’s ability to protect their rights; RT and Sputnik banned from events of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron; Putin expresses fear over rising tensions on Korean peninsula; Kadyrov’s power games.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Mar 14, 2016

TODAY: Investigative Committee launches investigation into opposition activist; new evidence from Lesin autopsy introduces possibility of foul play; Moscow sees ‘provocations’ in meldonium ban; London embassy says Russia has no interest in Brexit verdict; UNHCR office in Moscow closing; Turkey expanding into Syria, complains Kremlin; middles classes turning to protest over economic woes? 

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Sept 22, 2014

TODAY: Moscow witnesses mass protest against Russian aggression in Ukraine; turnout figures vary; Mikhail Khodorkovsky indicates surprise comeback to politics; Yevtushenkov released. Security Council’s Internet muzzle; families of MH17 victims in Germany to sue Ukraine; sanctions taking their toll on oil and banking. In Moscow, opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov and Yevgenia Chirikova were among the thousands of protestors who gathered on Sunday […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 17, 2014

TODAY: Putin’s annual Q+A expected to focus on Ukraine; Kiev’s attempts to regain control of Donetsk thwarted; 3 dead at Mariupol base; little expected from talks scheduled for today. The West’s financial leverage; Turkey approves South Stream; the art of protesting under fire.    President Putin’s annual live Q+A session which takes place today is expected […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 19, 2013

TODAY: Navalny released from custody in surprise move; thousands of protestors gather in Moscow in support of leader; criticisms of verdict pour in; what future for the opposition movement? Markets react nervously; Obama keeps Russia guessing on travel plans; WTO dispute deepens.    Up to 6,000 people have gathered in Moscow in unauthorised protests against […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 18, 2013

TODAY: Navalny found guilty; receives 5-year prison sentence; could be barred from Moscow mayoral election. Debate launched over Pussy Riot video; jet deal with India; economic downturn looms; Russia’s different forms of leadership. A court in Kirov has found opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny guilty of embezzling 16 million rubles from Kirov regional state-run unitary enterprise […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 10, 2012

TODAY: British artists fall foul of extremism law; Russia vows response to Magnitsky sanctions, restricts U.S. meat imports. Megafon buys half of Euroset; Exxon Mobil and Rosneft set for Siberian cooperation; Russia seeks new Internet controls. Graft responsible for major losses from state budget; Mormons; protests. Russian prosecutors have launched a probe into whether the Chapman Brothers’ exhibition […]

A Just Russia Adjusts

A Just Russia has played an interesting role in Russia’s shifting political landscape, buffeted by the winds of the protest movement. One of the stalwarts of the ‘managed opposition’, which many believed is designed to tow the Kremlin line, the party has also produced some firebrand oppositionists in recent times, such as Astrakhan’s famed hunger […]